illume OS is an open source, virus-free and completely free distribution of Linux specifically engineered to run on desktops, notebooks or netbooks computers, and designed from the ground up to be used in homes, schools, offices, and public places.
Availability, boot options and supported architectures
The operating system is based on the award winning Debian GNU/Linux distro and it's available for download as two Live DVD ISO images, one of each of the supported hardware platforms (32-bit/x86 and 64-bit/x86_64).
The ISO images can be booted from the BIOS of most computers, if deployed to DVD discs or USB flash drives. The minimal and colored boot prompt allows the user to start the live environment with default options or in failsafe mode, run a system memory test, as well as to boot an existing OS from the first disk drive.
Clean and lean desktop environment
The desktop environment is very clean, it's actually one of the cleanest and leanest graphical sessions that we've seen in a long time, not to mention unique. It is comprised of a single taskbar located on the bottom edge of the screen, from where users can access the main menu, launch applications and interact with running programs.
Default applications include the Shotwell image viewer, editor and organizer, GNOME MPlayer video player, ClamAV anti-virus, Chromium web browser, Sylpheed email client, gFTP file transfer client, as well as Flush torrent downloader.
In addition it comes with the PortSentry and Fail2Ban utilities for preventing port scanning and network attacks, Rhythmbox music player, GNOME Paint drawing editor, and many other useful and handy utilities. Please note that the username and password for the Live CD are root / pineapple.
Summing up, illume OS is a decent Debian-based Linux distribution that features an interesting collection of free software, which will allow users to complete all of their daily tasks with minimum effort. It can be deployed on any computer with at least 512MB of RAM.